View of Quebec from the Opposite Shore by Maryann Bacon Whittlesey
Made by Students
watercolor on paper
Maryann Bacon Whittlesey (1787-1869)
ca. between 1802 and 1810
Litchfield Historical Society
14" length x 21" width
Watercolor on paper landscape based on ca. 1805 engraving of George Heriot's "View of the City of Quebec, taken from the North Banks of the Saint Charles." The cityscape, fort and bridge in background are faithful to the print but the landscape in the foreground with its New England country pasture, buildings and allegorical figure representations differs from the print source. There are a series of hillocks in various shades of green rendered in dry brush technique on which are resting sheep and cows whose anatomy is distorted. On the left under a tree, behind a white clapboard house with 12 over 12 sash sits a female figure holding a quill pen in her right hand. Her right elbow rests on a large book. Her left hand, holding a garland, is outstretched towards a bee skep around which the garland ...[more]
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